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Durant, Thunder return home to host Knicks

(SportsNetwork.com) - Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder hope to shake off a tough loss when they return home Sunday to face the New York Knicks.

The Thunder suffered a last-second 103-102 loss at the Orlando Magic on Friday, as Tobias Harris' dunk at the buzzer sent the visitors packing with their second loss in four tries since winning 10 straight. Harris finished a 3-on-1 break with a jam as time expired.

"When the game is on the line, you have to do whatever it takes to get that play stopped," Thunder head coach Scott Brooks said. "Give them credit. They played to the last tenth of a second. They deserved to win."

Oklahoma City led 65-51 at halftime and appeared headed to victory until a sloppy second half spoiled the show. Durant, the NBA's leading scorer with 31.0 points per game, posted 29 on 10-of-22 shooting and handed out 12 assists. Serge Ibaka added 26 points and Reggie Jackson was the last Thunder player in double figures with 12.

The loss ended a two-game winning streak for OKC, which still shot a decent 50.7 percent for the game, but committed 16 turnovers for 26 Orlando points and blew a 17-point lead in the third quarter.

Durant, though, is still burning the net and has scored 20 or more points in 25 consecutive games, posting an average of 33.8 ppg in that span.

The Thunder are back at Chesapeake Energy Arena, where they have won eight in a row and own a 22-3 mark, and will visit Portland and the Los Angeles Lakers in a few days.

OKC has an 8-3 mark this season in games played following a loss.

New York was back to its Jekyll and Hyde ways with Friday's 117-90 drubbing of the Denver Nuggets at Madison Square Garden. Carmelo Anthony burned his former team for 31 points on 12-of-21 shooting and made 4-of-9 3-pointers, as the Knicks halted a three-game slide.

"It was a total team effort today," Anthony said. "Everybody played their part, offensively and defensively."

Anthony is averaging 30.4 ppg in his last 14 for the Knicks, who received 17 points from Amare Stoudemire, 13 by J.R. Smith and 12 points out of both Tyson Chandler and Jeremy Tyler. Tyler also pulled down 11 rebounds and Tim Hardaway, Jr. netted 10 points.

The Knicks sizzled from the field by making 56.5 percent of their shots, which made up for an 11-of-28 clip from 3-point range. The Knicks, though, committed 24 turnovers for 25 Denver points, but the Nuggets also turned the ball over 24 times for 27 New York points.

New York, which has lost its last three on the road and is 8-13 away from MSG, will return home to host Sacramento on Wednesday before opening a four-game journey through Memphis, New Orleans, Orlando and Atlanta.

The Knicks will seek revenge against an Oklahoma City team that embarrassed them 123-94 on Christmas Day at the Garden. Durant scored 20 of his 29 points in the first half in that one and Anthony was ruled out prior to the tilt with a left ankle sprain. Stoudemire picked up the slack with 22 points.

OKC has won 10 of the past 13 matchups with New York and is 8-3 in the previous 11 meetings between the teams at home.

02/09 07:25:09 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
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y= clinched division title
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